January 2019 Newsletter

Kindra Muntz - Friday, January 04, 2019

Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida

January 2019 Newsletter


Racial justice. Social justice. Obstruction of justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen 'justice' as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.

Statewide Events

Fifth Annual FL-iCAN Assembly
Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity Friday – Saturday, February 1 - 2, 9 am - 5:00 pm Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center
101 North Parramore Avenue, Orlando

As we approach the end of the year in this season of annual giving, please considerfunding scholarships for Environmental Justice leaders that UU Justice Florida has been supporting in 2018. Your donation will fund scholarships for leaders from environmental justice communities where UUJF has been working, and others, so they can bring their stories to Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network’s Fifth Annual Assembly Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity: Towards Justice for All in Parramore, Orlando on February 1st and 2nd.

We hope you can join us at the Assembly. Please browse our programming informationor proceed directly to Registration.

A limited block of discounted hotel rooms is being held for Assembly participants for the night of Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Orlando - Downtown at a 26% discount. Registrants are responsible for making their own room arrangements.  Call (888) 295-7563 and request the Florida Council of Churches room block. When wishing to cancel a reservation, you must do so at least 36 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation fee on your credit card.

CSAI 2016-2020: Statement of Conscience teleconference

January 10:  All are invited to join the webinar (teleconference) discussion of the DraftStatement of Conscience (SOC) for the 2016-2020 Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) "The Corruption of Our Democracy".  Deadline for Congregational Poll ballots and Congregational Comment forms: February 1, 2019. For a draft Statement of Conscience to be placed on the final agenda of the 2019 General Assembly, 25% of all certified congregations must participate in the ballot vote. See link to the January 10th webinarhere.

The CSAI is a four-year process: The first year is the Selection Year, the second and third years are the Study/Action Years, and the fourth year is the Statement Year, pulling together the recommendations gathered as we have studied and taken action on this issue.  We are now in the fourth cycle year.  The Draft Statement of Conscience was prepared by the Commission on Social Witness November 1, 2018 (they even changed the title of the CSAI!)  Comments from all congregations (including on the title) are welcome and required by February 1, along with a vote of at least 25% of all congregations to put the Statement of Conscience on the final agenda for GA 2019. Please join the teleconference January 10 to discuss.

Registrations are now open for
UU Justice Florida 2019 Legislative Days
Monday-Tuesday, March 10-11
UU Church of Tallahassee
2810 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee

For Program information and Registration sign up here, bring friends, and see you in Tallahassee!

Together we can make a difference!!

Registration deadline February 8, 2019

Enhanced Strategies for passage of bills in the
2019 Legislative Session

During the 2018 Legislative session, UUJF members supported 60 bills that were never placed on agendas for committees to which they were referred for hearings. As a result, none were heard or passed.  This year the UUJF Board has endorsed a plan that encourages members of UU congregations to schedule pre-session meetings in January or February with their House and Senate elected officials, in their local offices, individually or with other UUs.  This will be an opportunity to establish personal relationships with legislators and introduce UUJF and its core issues.  Click on these links to contact your Representatives and Senators and make appointments for pre-session and Legislative Day (March 12) meetings.

Then print this handout which contains a detailed listing of UUJF core positions for legislation to be enacted and leave it with your legislators and staff.

As new legislation is filed, UUJF supporters will receive targeted email Action Alertswith talking points and contact information.  You will be encouraged to phone or email your representatives and/or senators and ask appropriate Committee chairs and members to schedule these bills for hearings and votes.

Click here for an up-to-date status of all bills on the UUJF Legislative Tracker.

Zip+4 is needed to target UUJF Action Network e-blasts to members residing in Legislative Districts of those who represent them. Please SIGN UP here if 34293-6829 isnot your correct ZIP+4 address code.

DON’T KNOW YOUR +4??   Find it here.

Local Events
Tom Neilson Concert 
Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Folk music – Satire - Social commentary
Buckman Bridge UU Church 
8447 Manresa Avenue, Jacksonville

Michael Stock of WLRN, Miami, FL says “Tom does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.”

Click here for ticket and program information or email 

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Courageous Action: Coalition for Racial Justice (CRJ) celebrates 2019’s projects
Saturday, January 26 5:30 p.m.
UU Fellowship of Vero Beach
27th Avenue and 16th Street, Vero Beach

The UU Fellowship of Vero Beach is celebrating the work of the Coalition for Racial Justice (CRI) on January 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The gathering will summarize the Courageous Conversation work of the last two years and summarize the future work of the Coalition, Courageous Action, in the community with the schools, the juvenile justice system and a new museum.   The film, Sorry to Bother You follows. For more information, call Jack at 772-562-0515. Free admission to film.


Amendment 4 Second Chances registration is slated to start January 8, 2019. Watch for a “threatened” slow start to the process and potential roadblocks (temporary and/or expensive) to the process. 

Watch for notices to ACT.

Hurricane Michael: 

UU Fellowship of Bay County has received money and help from One Island Family (Key West), UU Church of Tallahassee, UU Church of PensacolaUU Congregation of Venice and many individuals around the state. The UUA Disaster Relief Fund has pledged assistance.  The  Faithify link is active until mid-January.

UUJF Climate Resilience Ministry will be continuing its work in 2019. 

Florida’s people and environment are at risk. The areas of action are: 

Legislative Advocacy, Hurricane Resiliency, Environmental Inequity are working with the Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network (FL-iCAN!), outreach for coalition building.

February Newsletter Deadline – January 20.

Best wishes from the Board of UU Justice Florida for peace, happiness and good health for this holiday season and in the New Year.

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